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MARC LOTTERING LIVE (article first published : 2003-11-9)

Marc Lottering springs onto stage with his wild and wonderful head of hair, a low-keyed energy and an ingenuous and refreshing delivery that always delights me.

Drawing heavily on his Cape Flats background he skips merrily through a series of anecdotes and memories which also cover his appearance on South Africa’s The Weakest Link (where he genially admits that he WAS the weakest link!), his performance at the Opening of the World Cup Cricket series and his visits to the UK and Australia.

His time in the UK sparks off a selection of dramatic monologues featuring three of the characters we saw in his last show Big Stakes and Slap Chips which played The Playhouse last year. Here we see the responses of their first visit to London by the wide-eyed hair stylist Galatea, formidable Auntie Merle Abrahams and the streetwise Schmiley who is a sliding door executive (he collects fares on a taxi and lets people on and off).

Master of the throwaway line and pregnant pause, Marc makes wonderful fun out of mundane subjects such as supermarket carrier bags, false teeth, voting for Pop Idols, advertising on television and allergy bracelets! Michael Jackson doesn’t escape his penetrating satire. Nor does Freek Robinson. Or vegetarians.

He also gives us two songs in which he accompanies himself – a tantalising hint of the adept musical entertainer lurking beneath the clear-sighted humour and banter.

It should be noted that Marc Lottering Live is not suitable for children. Sure, there are the inevitable fast and furious “f#/+*’s” but they don’t seem to give as much offence as they do from certain comedians.

My only criticism is that the show could do with an interval. Often performers distrust an interval because it means pulling the audience back into gear after 20 minutes of releaxation. However, I think Marc could safely handle a break without losing an iota of his audience’s concentration and support.

Marc appears at the Catalina Theatre for a limited season from November 4 to 15. He has played to packed houses in Cape Town, London and Australia and it’s easy to see why. See it if you enjoy clever one-man comedy. Book at Catalina on 031 305 6889. – Caroline Smart




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